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Educational and Technology at MIT. M.S. Vijay Kumar Senior Associate Dean & Director, Office of Educational Innovation and Technology Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education, MIT. Design by Brian Chan PhD student at MIT.

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educational and technology at mit
Educational and Technology at MIT

M.S. Vijay Kumar

Senior Associate Dean &

Director, Office of Educational Innovation and Technology

Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education, MIT

our focus is on developing skills and attitudes which include
Our focus is on developing skills and attitudes, which include
  • Leadership and communication,
  • Comfort and experience with modern and old technologies,
  • Confidence,
  • Judgment,
  • Decisiveness, and
  • the ability to manage risk
It is the most often cited program in alumni success stories.
  • 85% of all MIT students do at least one UROP project by the time they graduate.
  • 900 students are engaged in UROP projects each summer.

Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education

vehicle design summit 2006
Vehicle design summit--2006

Inspired by Robyn Allen and Anna Jaffe

Goal: Design and build 5 energy efficient vehicles in 9 weeks.

  • Results:
  • 46 students, 9 countries
  • $250K raised
  • 4 vehicles built
  • 1 Full length Discovery Channel film
  • Phase II underway

Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education

vehicle design summit phase ii 2007 2008
Vehicle design summit, Phase II, 2007-2008

Goal: Design and build one production prototype of a 200 mpg commuter vehicle

15 teams linked by state of the art design and collaboration tools over the internet.

Management and system integration at MIT.

Assembly in Italy, this coming summer.

Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education

Bicycle Ambulance Project: Jessica Vechakul in Zambia, 2005-2007 By 2006 six ambulances were in use and in 2007 WHO placed a large order.

Veuthey and Maria Luckyanova learn about the fitment process for a below-knee amputee during their intensive introduction to Prosthetics in Jaipur, India.

Students Present Project Vac-Cast in May 2007, and win the Lemelson-MIT Award at the MIT IDEAS Competition

This spring Goutam Reddy taught a hands on subject“SP.714 “Developing World Prosthetics” to 18 students

Hands-On Experiences for an Increasingly Complex and Connected World(Office of Educational Innovation and Technology)
research tools for learning
Research Tools for Learning
  • Early exposure to Research tools and Experience
  • This type of hands-on interaction with the molecule provides levels of insights that are not possible by viewing static images on a page on a computer screen
    • Graham Walker
  • Used by 1000 MIT students; 300 High School students
  • StarBiogene, StarHydro, StarHPC


Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education


Utilizing Powerful Simulation Tools

16.00AJ - Fundamentals of Engineering Design

Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education


GIS Interface for Planning Extra Vehicular Activity in Space

16.00AJ - Fundamentals of Engineering Design

learning spaces
Learning Spaces
  • Microscale Engineering for the Life Sciences”, (6.07J).: Professors Dennis Freeman, Martha Gray, and Dr. Alexander Aranyosi (d”Arbeloff support Project Based Course)
    • Develop research ideas in teams
    • Table-top microscopy experiments along with specialized computational resources

Flexible Space for Project Based Experiences (Task Force)

Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education


Innovative Learning EnvironmentsMove away from large passive lectures

  • Intellectual CommonsDemonstrate intellectual and educational leadership by making materials freely available to the world
  • Inter-Institutional CollaborationExplore new ways to collaborate with other universities and private industry
  • Extended University CommunityUse technology to enhance on-campus education and engage members of the community, both alumni and the public

Robot World

Project based Collaborative engineering design

  • Curriculum for design fundamentals
  • Simulation tools
  • On-line collaboration environments
  • Peer-review assessment tools.

MIT OpenCourseware1800 courses

  • Site Highlights
  • Syllabus
  • Course Calendar
  • Lecture Notes
  • Exams
  • Problem/Solution Sets
  • Labs and Projects
  • Video Lectures
making a difference educator use
Making a Difference – Educator Use

Professor Richard Hall

LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia, now teaching information systems, beginning microprocessors, and advanced computer-aided software engineering.

OCW saved him “an enormous amount of time and stress.”

“I was delighted by the way the material is so coherently presented. It is truly inspiring to see this level of excellence.”

making a difference student use
Making a Difference – Student Use

Kunle Adejumo, Engineering student at Ahmadu Bello Universityin Zaria, Nigeria

“Last semester, I had a course in metallurgical engineering. I didn’t have notes, so I went to OCW. I downloaded a course outline on this, and also some review questions, and these helped me gain a deeper understanding of the material.”

ilabs extending access to mit nuclear reactor laboratory mit nrl
iLabs:Extending Access to MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory (MIT-NRL)

If You Can’t Come to the Lab… the Lab Will Come to You!”

(Earth at 89 GHz; courtesy of J. Grahn, Chalmers U. & J. del Alamo)

ilabs at mit
iLabs at MIT

Dynamic signal analyzer (EECS, deployed 2004)

Shake table (Civil Eng., deployed 2004)

Polymer crystallization (Chem. E., deployed 2003)

Microelectronics device characterization (EECS, deployed 1998)

Heat exchanger (Chem. E., deployed 2001)

ilabs elsewhere
  • University of Queensland
  • DUT iLabs- Several in EE
  • Zhejiang University
    • 50 Net Labs today (Electronic, Power and Automation/Controls)
    • Strong interest in adopting iLabs

elevator system

triple-tank system

electromotor system


iLab Vision

  • Order of magnitude more lab experiences
  • More lab time to users/researchers
  • Transforming “hands-on” to “minds-on” engagement with real science and engineering environments
  • Worldwide community of discussion, discourse and analysis based on shared experiments

Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education

open education vision elements
Open Education Vision Elements
  • Blended Learning
    • Intelligently combine the physical and the virtual (MIRTLE)
    • Integrate conventional pedagogy with net-learning to deliver quality (relevant) educational opportunities
    • Intelligent combinations of formal and non-formal
  • Boundary-less Education
    • Beyond Geo-political:
      • Research-Teaching
      • Disciplines -- Thematic and World Problem based
      • Teacher-Learner
      • Expert-Novice
      • Off-Campus-On Campus
      • Living-Learning

Linked Learning: Flashback/forward

  • Professor Karen Willcox, MIT Dept. of Aeronautics & Astronautics
  • Teaches required aero/astro course to MIT juniors
  • Surprised to find many MIT students were lessproficient in relevant math than she expected
  • “For example, even though I reliedheavily on material from [Differential Equations],I had no idea how it was being taught -- or whatwas being taught.”
  • Now refers students to relevant OCW course sites,with problem sets, as a “flashback” to what maththey need to understand for her course
  • “Down the line, I’d like to bring more of the technology into the classroom, so that while I was giving a lecture, I could give them a flashback to something they had seen in a previous course… This will create better linkages, and to fully integrate the learning experience.”

The Carnegie Foundation’s Book on

Open Education (August2008, MIT Press)


As we attempt to conceive educational experiences that provide our students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential to success, we are mindful of the quote from Yeats that ……..


“Education is not the filling of a pail,

but the lighting of a fire”

thank you vkumar@mit edu


The Carnegie Foundation’s Book on

Open Education (August2008, MIT Press)

The Carnegie Foundation’s Book on

Open Education (Winter 2008, MIT Press)